MasterC wrote (post #2):
Linux is an OS, you don't necessarily "uninstall" it. You format over the top of it.
As I am new to this forum, I don't know what the etiquette is around here (and I couldn't find anything about it except for the standard list one gets when one signs up), but since this thread doesn't seem to be otherwise active and my questions are similar to those of "OneDragonWon
", I'll ask them here. Someone will, of course, tell me if I should start a separate thread.
And I can be a lot more specific than that person.
I have been trying to install SuSE 8.2 (professional) on a dual-hard disk PC with an AMD Pentium-2-level processor 128 MB of RAM.
The primary hard disk is an IBM-DTLA-307045 42.9 GB. The secondary hard disk is a Western Digital WDC WD100AA 0-1291 9.3 GB.
The personal edition of SuSE 7.2 is already installed
on the entire harddisk of this same computer, but I want to completely overwrite it. I gave up last time I bought and installed SuSE and just let the automatic install procedure do its thing, but I don't want to do that ever again.
This PC is used (for the moment) solely as a PC for scholarly work (including textprocssing, DOSEMU for old programs (once I learn how to use it), printing, and OCR scanning). When I can afford the service, I will also want to connect to the Internet.
I want to install SuSE 8.2 Linux on only half
(or maybe a little more) of the space of the first hard disk. I want the other half (or so) left free for the installation of FreeBSD, which should control the booting. The second hard drive will basically be used for backup storage of data.
I want to end up with a dual-boot of SUSE Linux 8.2 (professional) and the latest version of FreeBSD (which I haven't used in a while) on it. If I could get a thumbnail sketch of multi-OS installation and booting, I'd be mighty thankful.
I am told by a Windows person that I should leave the second hard disk basically for the backup of data, so I guess I'll want to do that.
Using YAST, I started the partitioning process with the "new-installation
" option that promised to overwrite the old system entirely, yet when I try the custom partitioning, the system makes what it calls a (small) "linux-native partition" and then I make a swap file, but I can't seem to get it do anything else except make a further large linux partition taking up the whole remaining harddisk
. When I try to resize (shrink) this huge partition, the system tells me there will be insufficient space for the basic minimal Linux OS to operate. (On 20-25GB of a 40+GB harddisk???) Despite some of the numbers I type in to size the partitions, the system seems to have a mind of its own and does what it
wants without any explanation. I used to be able to size these things within the partitions that I'd already established. Now, it seems, I only end up having to make more partitions
, and I need that fourth space for FreeBSD.
So, will I be able to install FreeBSD on space left unused on the disk from the linux partitioning and installation or am I going to have to put FreeBSD on an extended logical partition? If the latter, that's a big change from the way it used to work (if I remember correctly).
I have tried getting answers through SuSE's "knowledge base", through the manuals that come with the SuSE 8.2 professional edition, and through SuSE's ridiculously useless, turdy software-installation "help" by e-mail---all utterly useless.
Here's what the SuSE nudnik
wrote in response to my detailled
Sir if you wish to create a custom partition table you should first remove ALL partitions from the disk and restart the machine with a completely blank, unpartitioned hard disk. This will make it easier in the end.
You will need to create at least two partitions for linux . . . one swap and one for the / mount point.
Well, duh! to the last part. Why did I even bother?
I've successfully installed both Linux and FreeBSD in the past (even triple-booted with Windows for a while, before I got the new, larger hard disk) using simple instructions. Is it my imagination or did SuSE do something to its system that complicated things greatly from version 7.0 on? After that I've never been able to install the system the way I've wanted it
Rather than putt around with this thing forever, I'm instead appealing for advice and instruction here so that I can get this over with and get down to the real business that I'm about. The SuSE company itself is a dead-end.